By Matthew Capece, Special Representative to the General President
UBC members and regional councils throughout the Carpenters Union are gearing up for a variety of events to raise awareness about Construction Industry Tax Fraud.
About 150 members from Altoona, Scranton and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will bus to the State Capitol on April 15 for a Day of Action event to raise awareness about tax fraud among state legislators and the public. Keystone-Mountain-Lakes Regional Council representatives will guide members as they visit legislators to deliver Standing Up to Tax Fraud flyers and talk about the effects of fraud. Wearing matching Council T-shirts, members will close out the day by filling the grand stairway in the Capitol Rotunda to participate in a rally where State Attorney General Josh Shapiro will serve as keynote speaker.
Toronto, Ont., Canada
Ontario City Hall will be the scene of a gathering of members of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario on April 15. They will talk to their elected representatives and reporters about the tax fraud problem and the upcoming release of a report in Ontario, which is expected to outline annual losses of at least $500 million to the provincial government due to tax fraud.
The spotlight will be on fair contractors at the Indiana statehouse on April 15. The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters and the Construction Industry Partnership are teaming up to host a Days of Action event in the capitol atrium to educate state lawmakers about tax fraud and encourage lawmakers to pass legislation ensuring a level playing field for contractors when they bid on projects. The goal is to let constituents who run businesses and live in these districts tell lawmakers how hard it is to compete against companies committing tax fraud. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, who has raised his voice on the tax fraud issue, will speak to contractors during the event.
Taxpayers dropping off their tax returns April 15 at the city’s central post office will be informed by members of the New England Regional Council about rampant tax fraud in the construction industry.